Consumers Energy Picks 19 Michigan Homes to Produce Solar Power

JACKSON — Consumers Energy says it continues to support the development of renewable energy in Michigan, working with 19 homeowners to produce electricity from solar panels in the next year.

Said Tim Sparks, Consumers Energy’s vice president for energy supply operations: “Since 2010, we have signed more than 200 contracts with owners of homes and businesses to help us generate electricity from this renewable source.”

Nineteen residential projects in 11 counties – Calhoun, Clinton, Eaton (2), Genesee, Grand Traverse, Ingham, Jackson (3), Kent (4), Newaygo, Ottawa (2) and Shiawassee (2) – were selected. The projects will provide energy directly into the electric grid.

Consumers Energy is on target to use renewable sources for 10 percent of the electricity it supplies by year end, more than a year ahead of the schedule laid out by the state in a 2008 law. Those sources include solar and wind energy, biomass, hydroelectric power and anaerobic digestion. The company’s second wind farm, Cross Winds Energy Park, will open this fall.

The company will accept more applications from customers interested in adding solar-powered generating systems Oct. 1 through Nov. 5. It will continue to choose more homes and businesses to produce solar energy into 2015.

Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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